#TravelGoals: A 'mancation' in Cape Town

2017-06-08 19:00 - Unathi Nkanjeni
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Cape Town - Gents, looking for the perfect "Mancation" escape this Father's Day, well look no further as Cape Town has all of what you need and more - #BudgetTravel wise.

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The city is well-known for some of its best hangouts that can turn any ordinary day into something that much more, and when it comes to a real man-adventure on a budget there are options for great day trips with the bros. 

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Before you set out on your big journey you can grab a New York style brekki on Bree Street from Max Bagels. Fairly new but no less delicious, the shop serves bagels filled with both classic and gourmet toppings. Grab a breakfast bagel, a cup of freshly roasted coffee, and you’re good to go.

Open from 08:00, this quick stop means that you will have plenty of time for a stroll to Greenmarket Square where the Cape Comoot umbrellas can be easily spotted.

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Here are some the spots and tips to add to your mancation:

Nature guys at Cape Point

Cape Point is steeped in history and ghost ships disguised as funny little rail carts, so depending on your preferences, here are some of the best activities in and around the south. Remember that Cape Point forms part of SA Parks so there will be an entrance fee of R135 per adult.

The ‘Flying Dutchman’ Funicular is named after the famous ghost ship. These little carts choo-choo your pals all the way from the car park up an incline through dense fynbos to the upper lighthouse, which is one of the best spots to visit at Cape Point.

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If you have some pep in your step and lazing around on tram is not your style, rest not! There are many short but striking trails in the area. For more info check out capepoint.co.za for a description of the trails available. 

Walking tour

Best way to get introduced to the different eras of Cape Town's and South Africa’s history, and some of the people who shaped, it is by getting off and start walking. 

On your walk, start in Bo-Kaap and see the colourful houses, hear the mosques calling for prayer, let the Cape Malay food tempt your taste buds and get a feel of what else to do in Cape Town. And on the way there we might even bump it some a hidden place to get a local beer or two. 

Gradually make your next stop at The Castle of Good Hope, the oldest surviving colonial building in South Africa. The pentagon-shaped Castle attracts tourist for its history and Military Museum. The changing of the guard, takes place at 12:00 from Monday to Friday. Don't be alarmed when a canon is fired. It happens Monday to Friday at 10:10 and 12:10 and on Saturdays at 11:00 and 12:00. 

Man-scape to First Thursday

Cape Town wouldn't be what it is had it not been for its beautiful art scene and creative minds thinking alike, and this monthly gather is a way to explore the city and its nightlife. Galleries and shops stay open until 21:00 and some even later welcoming you with open arms. Click here to check out map info.

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It's tram time

While we can all appreciate the stunning beauty of a place like Cape Point, some guys are not nature guys and that’s why Cape Comoot also gives customers a route to Franschhoek. Wine and dine or beer and baskets, this little town packs a big punch.

The Franschhoek Wine Tram hop-on hop-off tour is one of the best ways to discover that there is a lot more to Franschhoek than people think. A mix of tram and tram-buses take you on a loop of stops allowing you and your bros freedom of choice. Each tram line is colour coded and ticket prices vary, so check out the website for more details.

Manning up in Franschhoek

There is absolutely nothing wrong with wine-ing, after all Franschhoek is one of the world’s most famous wine districts, but did you know that there’s beer there too? Tuk Tuk Microbrewery (which is accessible by tram) offers some of the best microbrews in the province. Whether you’re a weiss fan or prefer a good pale ale this stop will change how you view an ice-cold pint.

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The Man Wine-Xercise

If you like a bit of exercise between activity spots, it really is a lovely town to hop on a bicycle and get in some cardio. Finding a bike is easy all you need to do is go to the bike rental shop which is a three-minute walk up the road towards the direction the bus came in. It’s on the same side as the tram ticket office. In the bicycle shop you can get a map of the area and recommendations on which wine farms are closest to town.